Summer Rental (1985)

# 14866 IMDb PG | PG-13 

Summer Rental (1985

taglineJohn Candy is about to face the most devastating experience known to man... the family vacation.

Director: Carl Reiner

Stars: Rip Torn, Richard Crenna, Francis X. McCarthy, John Candy, Kerri Green

Comedy (1h 27min)


Rated 6.2 after 11,882 votes, 38% postive reviews on 20-Oct-18.

3 nominations


Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and family's respect.


Carl Reiner (director) John Candy Karen Austin Kerri Green Joey Lawrence Richard Crenna Rip Torn

John Candy (Jack Chester), Karen Austin (Sandy Chester), Kerri Green (Jennifer Chester), Joey Lawrence (Bobby Chester), Aubrey Jene (Laurie Chester), Richard Crenna (Al Pellet), Rip Torn (Scully), John Larroquette (Don Moore), Richard Herd (Angus MacLachlan), Santos Morales (Cortez), Lois Hamilton (Vicki), Carmine Caridi (Ed), Francis X. McCarthy (Hal (as Frank McCarthy)), Pierrino Mascarino (Maitre D'), Harry Yorku (Pirate Musician), Dick Anthony Williams (Dan Gardner), Bob Wells (Stan Greene), Scot Samis (Russ), Tom Blackwell (Gregg), Saundra Dunson-Franks (Mrs. Gardner), Tanzia Franks (Gardner's Daughter), Walter Franks (Gardner's Son), Roger Perkovich (Fat Man), Lisa Anthony (Woman), Elyn Swofford (Boat Rental Agent), Cyndi Vicino (Mother), Yvonne Cook (Daughter), Robert Starr (Thirsty Man), Bill Cordell (Real Estate Agent), Barbara Wells (Race Official), Dolores Starling (Pellet's Wife), Leonard Altobell (Race Official), Marion L. Boswell (Floyd), Jerry Previch (Lifeguard #1), Colin Male (Sailboat Repairman), Christian Chicles (Lifeguard #2), Peggy Shay (Elderly Neighbor), Al Hesse (Father), Sal Biagini (Boyfriend), Tracey May (Volleyball Girl)...

From the same director


Jeremy Stevens (written by), Mark Reisman (written by)

Produced by

Bernie Brillstein (executive producer), Mark Reisman (associate producer), George Shapiro (producer), Jeremy Stevens (associate producer)



"Summer Rental" is a very pleasant comedy vehicle from director Carl Reiner and star John Candy. Candy stars as Jack Chester, an air traffic controller under alot of stress. His boss tells him he needs some time off from his job. So he packs up his family and heads for Florida hoping to have the time of their lives. But it doesn't go exactly that way, especially for Candy. He experiences about as much stress vacationing as he does at work. The funniest part of "Summer Rental" is the opening 5 minutes, with Candy exhibiting the kind of stress that causes his superiors to suggest a vacation. This part is a riot, and the movie is very funny for the first half. The film loses a little of its comic edge in the second half, when Candy takes up sailing and tries to win a bet against one of the locals, an obnoxious yachtsman played gamely by Richard Crenna. The second half still has some funny moments, but not as much as in the first half. Still, "Summer Rental" is a nice little movie, with the late John Candy giving one of his better leading performances. Karen Austin is very good as Candy's supportive wife Sandy; a very young Joey Lawrence (several years before "Blossom", back when he was starring on Nell Carter's '80s sitcom "Gimme A Break!") shines as Candy's son Bobby; Rip Torn is somewhat amusing as Scully, owner of a local restaurant on a boat who becomes Candy's good friend; and "Night Court's" John Larroquette also makes an appearence in a bit part. "Summer Rental" is one of director Reiner's better films, and it gets to show off Candy's considerable comic talents that are sorely missed today.

Memorable quotes

Scully: [Discussing the ocean] She'll make ya rich, or she'll feed ya to the fishes. If she wants you to dance, sonny boy, you've got to follow her lead.
Jack Chester: Didn't I read that on your bathroom wall?
Scully: Yes. And it's as true today as when I hung it there.

13 total 


Summer Rental (1985) was one of three John Candy films released during the "Summer" of 1985. The others were Volunteers (1985), where Candy re-teamed with Splash (1984) co-star Tom Hanks, and Brewster's Millions (1985), which starred Richard Pryor.

29 total 


3 nominations 
Young Artist Awards

Other titles

Verano de locura (Argentina) • Лято под наем (Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)) • Aluga-se para o Verão (Brazil) • Temporada de Verão (Brazil (video title)) • Les Chester en Floride (Canada (French title)) • Summer Rental (Canada (English title)) • Livet på en badestrand (Denmark (video title)) • ¡Malditas vacaciones! (Spain) • Pakkoloma (Finland (TV title)) • Summer Rental - pakkoloma (Finland) • Hóbortos vakáció (Hungary) • Una vacanza di troppo (Italy (video title)) • Vacanze in Florida (Italy) • Zaklad (Poland) • Malditas Férias (Portugal) • Casă de vară închiriată (Romania) • Letnji zakup (Serbia) • Livet på en sandstrand (Sweden) • Лето напрокат (Soviet Union (Russian title)) • Ein total verrückter Sommer (West Germany) • Summer Rental - Ein total verrückter Urlaub (West Germany (video title))



Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Iceland:L / Sweden:Btl / United Kingdom:PG / United States:PG / United States:PG-13 / West Germany:12



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